PAUL MARUYAMA AND HIS DECISION TO MOVE TO ST. LOUIS AFTER THE WAR
BURROWS: The next set of questions have to do with resettlement and coming to St. Louis and that kind of thing. Do you want to start on that or do you want to do it at a different time?
MARUYAMA: Why I picked St. Louis?
MARUYAMA: End of the war, American government asked us, you people in the camp, you ah must get out from the camp. The war is over.
BURROWS: Do you remember the date?
MARUYAMA: Well... that's ah the end of the August.
BURROWS: Ok, 194...
MARUYAMA: 1945. And ah... director of the camp announce too. You people have a chance to get out. So... nobody wants to get out. They scared to get out.
MARUYAMA: Everyone said yes.
BURROWS: In every city?
MARUYAMA: In every city. But ah... I have the best impression from St. Louis.
BURROWS: Why? What kind of...
MARUYAMA: I don't know. I don't know. They said ah.. surely, send. We
BURROWS: How many people came with you to St. Louis?
BURROWS: How many people all together came to St. Louis from the camps? Do you remember?
MARUYAMA: Oh, I think about ah...300. That's ah... not only Tule Lake, most eh... people from Arkansas. Arkansas, we had two camps, Rowher, and Jerome. Because closest here. Those people, closest big city is St Louis. So they settle down here. Some from Utah, Wyoming.
BURROWS: And how many people directly out of Tule?
MARUYAMA: Four families.
BURROWS: Can you tell me the names of those families?
MARUYAMA: They died already.
BURROWS: But it's important for the historical record to know who came.
MARUYAMA: Yamamoto, Fred Yamamoto.
BURROWS: And who else?
MARUYAMA: (176)... Hasegawa... Akita, I think that's all.
BURROWS: You think that's all.
MARUYAMA: Yes, Abe.
BURROWS: When you came to St. Louis to visit the mayor and the president
of the university, did you visit at that time with any of the Japanese
people living here in town.
BURROWS: Did people have any trouble finding housing?
MARUYAMA: N... No I don't think so. I didn't hear anything, difficult to find housing.
BURROWS: Did people live in many different places or did they...?
MARUYAMA: All different place.
BURROWS: All different places.
Paul Maruyama Family Home (Japan?)